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Disney buys Lucas Films for 4 Billion and plans on coming out with Star Wars episode 7 in 2015

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Disney has purchased Lucasfilm Studios, the brainchild of Star Wars director George Lucas, for a cool US$4.5-billion, according to reports. And what’s more, the film giant plans to release a new Star Wars film — Episode VII — by 2015, with Lucas himself as a “creative consultant.”

“This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.

Disney will take full ownership of Lucasfilm, its portfolio of technologies and its franchises.

Lucas, who has expanded the Star Wars franchise — initially a run of three films in the late 1970s and early 80s that went on to become cinematic classics — to include a portfolio of television shows, video games and a trilogy of film sequels, expressed his belief that Star Wars should outlive its creator, and has put this task in Disney’s hands.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” Lucas said in a statement. ”I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

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It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series called "Episode 7," set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with Episodes 8 and 9 and then one new movie every two or three years.
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and they release the original theatrical versions of 4, 5 and 6

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Absolutely nothing wrong with the Special Edition versions.

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i'm not going to argue about the changes that were made throughout the various releases.

i just want to watch the movies as they were released in the theater.

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Disney is going to milk that teat for all it's worth.

Kill the series, they will...

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Disney is going to milk that teat for all it's worth.

Kill the series, they will...

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Hayden Christensen was not at the end.... when the special edition was released back in 1997

You are referring to the 2004 Star Wars Trilogy Box-Set edition.

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So are they trying to turn it into a Star Trek type thing? A new movie, series of movies, etc. every so often? Or are they going to attempt to just make it one giant, linear story, as opposed to reboots/re-tellings and all that?

As a former Star Wars nerd, part of me wants to see a Shadows of the Empire movie. But, man, they better not go down the same terrible path that Episodes 1-3 did. On the bright side, Lucas and the minds behind Episodes 1-3 KNOW the end result is a travesty, so hopefully everyone has learned their lesson and will approach the future films with a more civilized approach.

As if you guys would be opposed to seeing Star Wars, the Christopher Nolan version, or something.

As easy as it is to be cynical, there could always be a new hope on the horizon, with Lucas stepping down.

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I thought Disney already had an ownership in Star Wars... star wars crap is all over Disneyland.

I too am scared of what a Disney version of Star Wars will do to the franchise, seems like Lucas has turned to the darkside.

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